Success @ Sydney

Welcome everyone who's ready to succeed! We’re here to make your transition into university a little easier (and hopefully a lot more enjoyable!). This page is dedicated to helping you learn the skills to cope at university when things get tough and excel when they aren't.

First up, download the CAPS Student Calendar 2013 if you haven’t done so already. This is a great resource that gives you a blow-by-blow list of what to expect each month this year at uni and how you can improve your well-being.

Now that you know what’s coming lets have a look at three ways of thinking that you can develop to make sure you’re in the best mindset possible for uni this year! The first video below talks about the importance of maintaining a balance whilst you’re at uni. Have a watch and think about what it means for you:

Find Your Balance video

Interesting stuff, huh? What’s more interesting is that it’s based on what the University knows about first year students; which is that you get into trouble trying to balance work and play. This is a success vs stress signpost fact as uni will probably be the first time many of you have been 100% responsible for your own learning with no teacher breathing down your neck. If you want to get more information about striking the right balance come visit our time management or procrastination workshops, you might also like to check out our eBooks.

Okay, so we’ve got our balancing act down. Next, lets move on persistence:

Just Persist video

So we all know it’s important to try and go the distance and obviously you’re all here to finish your degrees, so what’s all this persistence nonsense about?! Well, sometimes life at uni gets hard. Assessments can all come at once, bad marks get returned, or we can just feel plain unmotivated. At times like these having a mindset of persistence can make all the difference. At the end of the day it’s about having the belief that the storm will pass and knowing that our job is to carry on the best we can whilst asking for support when we need it. Check out the workshops on adjusting to uni and managing group work. You might also want to check out the Learning Centre for advice on developing good study skills.

Right, last one! It’s time to learn how to ask:

Just Ask video

Having a mindset of curiosity and a willingness to ask a question is really what uni is all about. Strangely however, we’re often scared to ask a lecturer a question or talk to a fellow student for advice. Learning to jump in despite our worries and do these things is really important as they get you support whilst at uni (and with any luck afterwards). For more advice on getting out there and being heard come along to our speaking confidently and confidence workshops. Also be sure to check out our eBook on managing those uncomfortable feelings.

So there you have it; a few more tools in your kit to help you conquer university! And of course if things ever do get tough and you don’t know where to turn the doors at CAPS are always open if you need to talk to one of our counsellors.